What is the future of reproductive rights?

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On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a 5-4 ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, holding that the U.S. Constitution does not confer a right to abortion, thus overturning the Court’s prior decisions in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

In the wake of the Dobbs v. Jackson decision, the future of abortion access, reproductive rights and women’s healthcare in America is unclear. Sarah Wald, a legal expert and adjunct lecturer in public policy at Harvard Kennedy School, discusses the impact of the decision, the legal questions that it leaves unanswered, and the possible implications for other rights that have been protected by the due process clause of the 14th amendment.

You can read more Harvard Kennedy School experts’ perspectives on the Dobbs decision at

00:00 — The Constitution and the right to privacy
01:08 — Implications for other rights
01:43 — “Deeply rooted in history”
03:00 — What the decision may mean for medical abortions
03:58 — The risk of partisanship to the Court’s legacy
04:45 — Questions that remain after the Dobbs decision


About Harvard Kennedy School:

The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University is a graduate and professional school that brings together students, scholars, and practitioners who combine thought and action to make the world a better place.

Our mission is to improve public policy and public leadership across the United States and around the world so that people can lead safer, freer, and more prosperous lives. Harvard Kennedy School teaches current and future leaders the skills they need to effectively advance the public purpose in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Our renowned faculty and trailblazing research centers pioneer bold new ideas. And as the most international school at Harvard, we convene global leaders in the Forum, host visiting experts in the classroom, and attract a diverse community of faculty, students, and staff.


Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.

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